'I love him' - Manchester United star David De Gea on trainee Victor Valdes

Victor Valdes

David De Gea has named Victor Valdes as one of his five favourite keepers of all time.

Recently the form of Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea has been a real boost for the club. The spanish lad has come good after a rough start to his United career and last month claimed the Manchester United player of the month award.

Rightly so as well. He had a terrific month including a match winning performance against Everton at Old Trafford in which he became the first Premier League stopper to save a Leighton Baines penalty.

With that in mind he has been the focus of much attention recently. Reportedly being eyed up by Real Madrid and also knocking on the door of the Spanish number one Iker Casillas, he is a man in demand.

This week he has been asked by the official Manchester United website to name his top five goalkeepers of all time, with some interesting names making the list.

First of all Gianluigi Buffon is in there. That is no surprise. The two have often been compared and for a player of his age Buffon has long been the standard bearer for goalkeeping.

Then there is the man he is set to oust as Spain's number one Iker Casillas. Again, as the World Cup and double European Championship winning captain of his country, no surprises here.

The other three names on the list however all have Manchester United connections.

He names perhaps Manchester United's two greatest ever keepers in Peter Schmeichel and Edwin van der Sar - before going on to name Victor Valdes among the quintet.

Valdes is currently training with Manchester United in order to get his fitness back up to scratch. A serious knee injury has put paid to his hopes of a fresh start after letting his contract expire at Barcelona, with a deal to join Monaco falling through in the summer.

So, as Louis van Gaal knew Valdes from their days at Barcelona he decided to extend a helping hand to his struggling former prodigy.

And De Gea must be enjoying it. He said of the Barcelona legend:

"I love him. He is a great keeper and a good person. I’ve worked him with a lot for the national team and he is a keeper who always plays really well with his feet."

United fans will hope De Gea can learn a thing or two from the former Barcelona star in training.

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